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Fire caused by child Homicide victim identified playing with lighter A home fire on Saturday, March 30, at 1253 Metropolitan Ave. was caused by a child playing with a lighter in the bedroom area, according to the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the fire about 2:09 p.m. to find flames showing from the upper floor of a one and a half story home, a spokesman said. Residents were evacuating the building when crews arrived. A search confirmed that all occupants were out of the building, according to the spokesman. The fire was brought under control within 10 minutes. The estimated damage to the building and contents was $40,000, the Fire Department estimated. The Red Cross was called to assist two adults and five children. There were no injuries, and the

Kansas City, Kan., police have identified the victim of a homicide on March 30 in the 1400 block of Armstrong Avenue. Miguel Garcia, 14, was a Kansas City, Kan., resident. Police said they responded to a call in the 1400 block of Armstrong Avenue. Police said two teenage males were walking in the area when two other males in a black Ford Explorer drove up to them. After a brief argument, the vehicle circled the block and returned to the area of 14th and Ann, where the vehicle occupants began firing at the teens, striking one of them, police said. The gunshot victim was taken to an area hospital where he died from his injuries. The other teen, a 15-year-old male, was not injured. The Kansas City, Kan., Police

Department's major case unit is asking anyone with information about the identity of the suspects and location of the black Ford Explorer to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Vacant home fire on 43rd causes $45,000 damage A vacant home fire at 3019 N. 43rd St. resulted in $45,000 damage, a total loss, according to the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department. The fire at 3:41 a.m. March 27 is under investigation, a Fire Department spokesman said. According to the spokesman, when crews arrived within 2 minutes of the call, they found the onestory home fully involved. They fought the fire in a defensive mode. The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes, and crews entered the structure to determine it was vacant, the spokesman said. There were no injuries, the spokesman added.

KCKCC's Phi Theta Kappa Chapter wins state awards Great Idea, College Project and Distinguished Service awards were among a bevy of honors earned by the Mu Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at the 2013 Kansas PTK Regional Convention in Hutchinson. Under the direction of Stacy Tucker, Mu Delta won a 5-Star Chapter Award, the highest level for PTK for chapter programming. Mu Delta officers for 2012-13 are Kija Neal, Tyler Ross and Adriana Rodriguez, all of whom earned Distinguished Chapter Officer Team awards. The chapter’s Pay It Forward received both the College Project and Great Idea awards. “The project reached across the campus and

Kansas region to recognize individuals who do good work in the community,” said Tucker. “Each month a committee selected three individuals to receive an award. As a chapter, we also collected 494 food items and 354 non-food items for the campus food pantry which was a huge success.” The Distinguished Service award was presented for the many service projects completed by the chapter during the academic year. Those projects included Pink Ribbon Day, Card Blitz, Numana, United Way, Five Days of Giving, Animals for Africa, Mosaic Day Center and Christmas in the City. In addition, the chapter won a Yearbook Award; the adoption of

the Freedom School in Liberia, Africa, earned an Honors in Action Project honorable mention; and Mu Delta a Most Outstanding Chapter honorable mention. Individual awards went to Kija Neal, Distinguished Chapter Officer; Janet Manson, Achievement in Arts (Painting/Drawing); Ryan Proctor, Distinguished Member honorable mention; and Ramona Nelson, 5-Star Competitive Edge. Kansas Region Active Member awards went to Kija Neal, Melissa Perez, Ryan Proctor, Adriana Rodriguez, Tyler Ross, Ramona Nelson, Quincy Thomas and Iva Villagrana.

Mayor opposes legislative ban on prevailing wage Unified Government Mayor Joe Reardon is opposing House Bill 2069 in the Kansas Legislature. The bill would prohibit the Unified Government or any other local government from requiring prevailing wage be paid to workers building economic development and public works projects. The bill also was opposed by mayoral candidates Mark Holland and Ann Murguia. Mayor Reardon issued the following statement last week in opposition to House Bill 2069: “The Unified Government adopted our prevailing wage and supplier diversity policies as local initiatives. The prevailing wage and supplier diversity requirements fit the nature of our community and are supported by our citizens. They have encouraged economic success, not hurt it. The Unified Government has been recognized as one of the most business friendly local governments in the Kansas City region by Ingram’s Business magazine. There was $600-million in commercial development in Kansas City, Kansas from 2010-2012. We strongly believe that these policy decisions are best made on the local level and not at the State level.” The Unified Government testified in opposition to House Bill 2069 in the House Commerce Committee. The committee and the association promoting the bill agreed to remove the ban on prevailing wage. But the prevailing wage ban was put back in the bill by the Senate Com-

merce committee. House Bill 2069 will undermine the extremely successful approach to economic development which has transformed Wyandotte County into a regional tourism and manufacturing center, creating thousands of good paying jobs and promoting small local, minority and women owned businesses, according to the UG. Use of prevailing wage on economic development projects and public works projects is supported by several major construction companies as well as trade and labor organizations. The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics shows employment in Wyandotte County increased 4 percent from March 2011 to March 2012, the UG stated. The sharp rise in the number of people going to work puts Wyandotte County number 19th in the nation and 1st in the Kansas City metro for job growth, according to the UG. And during the heart of the recession, the Association of General Contractors ranked Wyandotte County third in the nation for creating new construction jobs. Clearly the requirement of paying prevailing wage has not hindered development nor kept businesses away from Wyandotte County, the UG spokesman stated. Prevailing wage and supplier diversity programs are an important part of the success, which is benefitting not only Wyandotte County, but the entire state of Kansas, according to the spokesman.

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